Game Changer / Michael Maltzan

His work for the homeless in Los Angeles is a new paradigm for social housing
By Jade Chang, Metropolis Magazine
January 25, 2012

“It drives me nuts when people say, ‘It’s great, you’re doing socially conscious projects.’ As if all my other projects are socially unconscious,” says Michael Maltzan, the 52-year-old Los Angeles architect. “It’s all of a piece for me. The only way culture survives is if it is elastic.” Elasticity—of form, idea, and intent—is what Maltzan strives for, but “socially conscious” is what gets all of the attention. More … 

Intelligent Architecture For Current Times

By Gonzalo Herraro Delicado and Maria Jose Marcos, domus
February 3, 2012

While European cities present very low demographic growth today, they have extraordinarily urban and even agriculturally built environments. Adding to these circumstances are certain environmental and social sustainable values, and bearing in mind the current economical situation, you can reach the conclusion that the re-use existing built patrimony – obsolete after new and continuous social, economic and technological changes – is a need. In this context, French architects Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal have been developing an uncommon philosophy marked by their interest in preservation and social living improvement refurbishments, very far from the professional positioning of most reknown architects. More …